Justin Gatlin records fastest 100m time in the world this year at Diamond League event in Shanghai

By Justin Bergman


Justin Gatlin cruised to victory in the 100 metres at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Sunday, while Chinese hurdler Xie Wenjun got the loudest cheer of the night by upsetting world champion David Oliver in the 110-metre hurdles.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, got off to a good start and pulled away from the field after 60 meters, finishing in 9.92 seconds - the fastest time in the world this year. Jamaica's Nesta Carter was 0.2 seconds back in second and American Michael Rodgers was third.

'I have much more left in the tank,' Gatlin said. 'I cruised at 9.92 with no wind. I felt I made it look easy'

Over the line: American sprinter Justin Gatlin (second from left) wins the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai

Over the line: American sprinter Justin Gatlin (second from left) wins the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai

Gatlin was the only sprinter to beat Jamaican star Usain Bolt last year, edging him at the line in the 100 in Rome last June. But the American couldn't match that feat when it mattered, falling to Bolt at the worlds in Moscow two months later.

Bolt didn't compete in Shanghai this year, but Gatlin believes he sent the defending world and Olympic champion a message with his impressive time on Sunday.

'I think a lot of people take the off-year (between the Olympics and worlds) for granted. They want to use it as a rest year, just show their face, but I think this year is the year where you really show your talent,' Gatlin said.

With injured 2004 Olympic hurdling champion Liu Xiang watching in the stands, Xie held off a fast-charging Oliver and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France to win the hurdles in a personal-best time of 13.23 seconds.

Martinot-Lagarde was second in 13.26, 0.2 seconds ahead of Oliver.

Room for improvement: Gatlin believes there is more to come from him this year

Room for improvement: Gatlin believes there is more to come from him this year

'I didn't expect I could finish first in today's race because all my rivals are world-class athletes, like David Oliver,' Xie said. 'So it's a great surprise and great pleasure for me to win at home.'

Xie's teammate, Liu, hasn't competed since crashing out of the 2012 London Olympics with a ruptured Achilles tendon and undergoing surgery. His coach said Saturday he's aiming to return next spring, with an eye toward competing at the 2015 world championships in Beijing.

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare got a double victory in Shanghai, winning the women's long jump with a leap of 6.86 metres on her first attempt and then capturing the 200 in 22.36 seconds.

'I was just going out there to do my best,' she said. 'If I execute properly, I wouldn't get less than a win.'

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 last week at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Qatar, dropped out before the start with a shin injury, and her countrywoman, Veronica Campbell-Brown, who missed much of last season because of a doping ban that was later overturned, finished fifth.

Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 200, tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meet in Jamaica last May, but denied intentionally taking any prohibited substance. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld her appeal against a two-year doping ban in February, citing flaws in the test collection procedures and possible 'environmental contamination' of her urine sample.

Main man: China's Xie Wenjun celebrates his victory in the 110m hurdles

Main man: China's Xie Wenjun celebrates his victory in the 110m hurdles

'I've been doing track and field all my life and the honest truth is I've never used drugs in my life. I don't know where that (positive test) come from. And to sit there knowing what I know, I have to sit there and watch 2013 go by, it's heart-wrenching,' Campbell-Brown said. 'I know sooner or later I will get back into the shape I want to be.'

Jamaica had just one winner on the night in Novlene Williams-Mills, who took the women's 400 in 50.31. She was just 0.6 seconds ahead of former world champion Amantle Montsho of Bostwana.

American Allyson Felix was fifth in her first race since collapsing on the track with a torn hamstring at last year's worlds.

American Michael Tinsley captured the men's 400 hurdles in 48.77 seconds after surging past Mamadou Kasse Hanne of Senegal and compatriot Bershawn Jackson in the final stretches.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie continued his dominance in the pole vault, winning easily with a leap of 5.92 meters, while Sweden's Abeba Aregawi won the women's 1,500 in 3 minutes, 58.72 seconds.

Christian Cantwell led an American sweep of the shot put, with two-time world champion David Storl of Germany finishing fourth.

 


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Funny to hear people debate athletics as though other sports aren't surrounded by Doctors who are experts in "sports science". Rooney recovers from hamstring in 3 weeks, Messi makes recovery from ankle problem. The money is in football, basketball NFL etc. Follow the money and the tampering with drug testing or lack thereof will expose itself. Ask Tony Adams or Shearer about the "painkiller " injections they took to play in key games.

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Everyone criticise athletics as being a 'dirty' sport, but you would be very surprised as how many athletes in other sports are taking performance enhancing substances. It's just that athletics has such good doping techniques and they test out of season also is the reason so many are caught.

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Justin Gatlin has an Olympic Gold Medal plus a silver and a bronze. He is rich and has an enviable lifestyle. He served his suspension and is now drug free, unlike the Jamaicans. I don't think he'd worry for a second what a bunch of trolls think Please red arrow me if the truth hurts

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Drug free? R u mad! Hes ran faster now he's 'clean' than when he was caught. That means one of 2 things. 1. The drugs don't work or 2. Hes still on the gear.

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These silly comments about the jamaican athletes always makes me laugh. Poorly little jamaica, one the worlds poorest nations, are we really to believe that the have the facilities and the expertise to get past the world glass facilities that the doping agency has at their disposal? I am not suggesting that there is no drugs in athletics, but to focus on the Jamaicans because they have made athletics and especially the sprints their national sport is just wrong. They don't have football, rugby, swimming, tennis, cycling to distribute their young talent amongst. Sprinting is their thing, just accept it. If you took any kid off the street in Jamaica and pitted him/her against any child in UK I know which one my money would be on...or are Jamaicans drugging their babies.

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9.92? Usain can run that time in his sleep. Gatlin should consider himself lucky that hes still allowed to compete.

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Junkie

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Got a son or daughter? Want them drug free? Athletics? You've got to be kidding. This is one tainted sport.

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They have drug testing, a lot of sports doesn't.

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This guy is a disgrace and should not be there

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This guy is a disgrace and should not be there

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Justin Gatlin's reputation is damaged beyond repair, after that result, you have to think is he on drugs again.

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All these sprinters are taking illegal substances. Dont kno how more havent been caught. It takes more than a few protein meals to look like those guys!

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Sprint training along with weight lifting burns body fat try going gym mate, body builders are a different story

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